BIOSKETCH  -- Jeffrey C. Nekola

Biology Department, Castetter Hall

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131

Telephone: 505-277-6270; Fax: 505-277-0304




1994: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in Ecology

1987: B.A. (suma cum laude) Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in Biology



2011- Editor for Pulmonate Gastropods, Zootaxa

2009- Associate Editor, Journal of Molluscan Studies

2005- Adjunct Associate Professor, University of New Mexico

2000-2004 Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

1994-2000 Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay



Nekola, J.C. In press. Biological Refugia. In: MacLeod, N., D.J. Archibald & P. Levin (eds), Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction. Gale Publishing, Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Nekola, J.C., C.D. Allen, J.H. Brown, J.R. Burger, A.D. Davidson, T.S. Fristoe, M.J. Hamilton, S.T. Hammond, A. Kodric-Brown, N. Mercado-Silva & J.G. Okie. In press. The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Nekola, J.C., G.M. Barker, R.A.D. Cameron & B.M. Pokryszko. In press. Latitudinal and longitudinal variation of body size in land snail populations and communities. In: F. Smith & K. Lyons (eds), Global Patterns of Body Size. University of Chicago Press.

Burger, J.R., J.H. Brown, C.D. Allen,, W.R. Burnside, A.D. Davidson, T.S. Fristoe, M.J. Hamilton, N. Mercado-Silva, J.C. Nekola, J.G. Okie & W. Zuo. 2012. The Macroecology of Sustainability. PLoS Biology. 10:e1001345.

Horsák, M., M. Hájek, D. Spitale, P. Hájková, D. Díte & J.C. Nekola. 2012. The age of island-like habitats impacts habitat specialist species richness. Ecology. 93:1106-1114.

Nekola, J.C. 2012. The impact of utility corridors on terrestrial gastropod biodiversity. Biodiversity and Conservation. 21:781-795.

Brown, J.H., W.R. Burnside, A.D. Davidson, J.P. DeLong, W.C. Dunn, M.J. Hamilton, J.C. Nekola, J.G. Okie, N. Mercado-Silva, W.H. Woodruff & W. Zuo. 2011. Energetic Limits to Economic Growth. Bioscience. 61:19-26.

McGill, B. & J.C. Nekola. 2010. Mechanisms in macroecology: AWOL or purloined letter? Towards a pragmatic view of mechanism. Oikos. 119:591-603. 

Nekola, J.C. 2010. Acidophilic terrestrial gastropod communities of North America. Journal of Molluscan Studies. 76:144-156.

Nekola, J.C. & B.F. Coles. 2010. Pupillid land snails of eastern North America. American Malacological Bulletin. 28:29-57. 

Nekola, J.C., B.F. Coles & U. Bergthorsson. 2009. Evolutionary pattern and process in the Vertigo gouldii (Mollusca: Pulmonata, Pupillidae) group of minute North American land snails. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 53:1010-1024.

Nekola, J.C., A.L. Šizling, A.G. Boyer & D. Storch.  2008. Artifactions in the log-transformation of species abundance distributions.  Folia Geobotanica.43:259-268.

McClain, C. & J.C. Nekola.  2008.  The role of local-scale on terrestrial and deep-sea Gastropod body size distributions across multiple scales.  Evolutionary Ecology Research.  10:129-146.

Schlicht, D.W., J.C. Downey & J.C. Nekola.   2007.   The Butterflies of Iowa.  University of Iowa Press.

Nekola, J.C. and J.H. Brown. 2007. The wealth of species:  ecological communities, complex systems, and the legacy of Frank Preston.  Ecology Letters. 10:188-196.

Coles, B.F. and J.C. Nekola. 2007. Vertigo malleata, a new extreme calcifuge land snail from the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains of the U.S.A. (Gastropoda, Vertiginidae).  The Nautilus. 121:17-28.

Schlicht, D.W., J.C. Downey and J.C. Nekola. 2007. The Butterflies of Iowa. University of Iowa Press.

Nekola, J.C.  2005.  Latitudinal richness, evenness, and shell size gradients in eastern North American land snail communities.  Records of the Western Australian Museum.  Supplement 68:39-51. 

Nekola, J.C.  2004. Vascular plant composition gradients within and between Iowa fens.  Journal of Vegetation Science.  15:771-780.

Nekola, J.C.  2003.  Large-scale terrestrial gastropod community composition patterns in the Great Lakes region of North America.  Diversity and Distribution.  9:55-71.

McMillan, M., J.C. Nekola, and D.W. Larson.  2003.  Impact of recreational rock climbing on land snail communities of the Niagara Escarpment, southern Ontario, Canada.  Conservation Biology.  17:616-621.

Nekola, J.C.  2002.  Effects of fire management on the richness and abundance of central North American grassland land snail faunas.  Animal Biodiversity and Conservation.  25:53-66.

Nekola, J.C. and M. Barthel.  2002.  Morphometric analysis of the genus Carychium in the Great Lakes region of North America.  Journal of Conchology. 37(5):515-531.

Nekola, J.C. and C.E. Kraft.  2002.  Spatial constraint of peatland butterfly occurrences within a heterogeneous landscape.  Oecologia.  130:62-71.

Nekola, J.C. and P.S. White.  2002.  Conservation, the two pillars of ecological explanation, and the paradigm of distance.  Natural Areas Journal.  22:305-310.

Nekola, J.C. and B.F. Coles.  2001.  Systematics and ecology of Gastrocopta (Gastrocopta) rogersensis (Gastropoda: Pupillidae), a new species from the midwest of the United States of America.  The Nautilus.  115:105-114.

Bossenbroek, J.M., C.E. Kraft and J.C. Nekola.  2001.  Prediction of long-distance dispersal using gravity models:  Zebra Mussel invasion of inland lakes.  Ecological Applications.  11:1178-1788.

Nekola, J.C.  1999.  Paleorefugia and neorefugia:  the influence of colonization history on community pattern and process.   Ecology.  80:  2459-2473.

Nekola, J.C. and T.A. Smith.  1999.  Terrestrial gastropod richness patterns in Wisconsin carbonate cliff communities.  Malacologia.  41:253-269.

Nekola, J.C. and P.S. White.  1999.  Distance decay of similarity in biogeography and ecology.  Journal of Biogeography.  26:867-878.

Larson, D.W., U. Mattes-Sears, J.A. Gerrath, J.M. Gerrath, J.C. Nekola, G.L. Walker, S. Porembski, A. Charlton and N.W.K. Larson.  1999.  Ancient stunted forests on cliffs.  Nature.  398:382-383.

Smith, V.H., G.D. Tilman and J.C. Nekola.  1999.  Eutrophication impacts of excess nutrient inputs on fresh water, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems.  Environmental Pollution.  100: 179-196.

Nekola, J.C.  1998.  Butterfly (Lepidoptera:  Lycaeniidae, Nymphalidae, and Satyridae)  faunas of three peatland habitat types in the Lake Superior drainage basin of Wisconsin.  Great Lakes Entomologist.  31:27-37.

Nekola, J.C. and D.W. Schlicht.  1997.  Ecology of Botrychium campestre on northeastern Iowa glades.  The Prairie Naturalist.  28:77-89.

Nekola, J.C.  1994.  Environment and vascular flora of northeastern Iowa fen communities.  Rhodora.  96:121-169.

White, P.S. and J.C. Nekola.  1992.  Biological diversity in an ecological context.  Pages 10-29 in: Barker, J.R. and D.T. Tingey (eds), Air pollution and biodiversity.  Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York. 



Determinants of species diversity at 14 spatial scales in tropical microsnails from endangered limestone habitats. M. Schilthuizen (NCB Naturalis), R. Etienne (University of Groningen), B. McGill (University of Maine - Orono), J. Nekola (University of New Mexico), J. Vermeulen (NCB Naturalis), T.-S. Liew (Universiti Malaysia Sabah), R. Clements (James Cook University). Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. 2011-2014. €235,000.  

Universal Diversity Patterns Across the Sciences. J. Harte (Berkeley), B. McGill (U. Arizona) & D. Storch (Charles U.) co-PIs. Santa Fe Institute. 2009. $12,000.  

Genetic analysis of diversity and phylogeny of the Vertigo paradoxa - Vertigo hubrichti group in eastern North America. Brian F. Coles, co-PI. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2009. $5000.

Radiocarbon dating of North American terrestrial gastropod shells.  J.S. Pigati and J.A. Rech, co-PIs. National Science Foundation.  2006-2009.  $230,297.

Northwestern Minnesota terrestrial gastropod survey.  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  2000-2001.  $19,500.

Collaboration in Basic Science and Engineering (COBASE) grant from the National Academy of Sciences for collaborative work with Dr. Vlastmil Ruzicka, Institute of Entomology, Czech Academy of Sciences. 1998.  $2500.

Rare terrestrial gastropod survey of cliff and fen habitats in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  1998.  $4000. 

Butterfly and skipper inventory of wetlands in the Lake Superior drainage basin of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  1996.  $9000

R.J. McElroy Excellence in Education Grant.  1989-1992.  $11,000.



i. Volumes Edited

Cameron, R.A.D., J.C. Nekola, P. M. Pokryszko & F.E. Wells. 2005. Pattern and process in land mollusc diversity.  Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement #68.

ii.  Workshops Organized

Universal diversity patterns across the sciences.  2010.  Center for Theoretical Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

Universal diversity patterns across the sciences.  2009.  Santa Fe Institute.

iii. Symposia Organized

Pattern and process in global land snail biodiversity. World Congress of Malacology, July 11-16, 2004, Perth, Australia (co-organized with R.A.D. Cameron and B.M. Pokryszko).

The role of extent in ecological pattern and process. ESA Meeting, August 6-10, 2001, Madison, Wisconsin (coorganized with Helene Wagner).

iv. Examples of Review Service

American Journal of Botany (2002, 2003), American Naturalist (1998, 2010), Biodiversity and Conservation (2008), Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society (2007, 2012), Conservation Biology (2004, 2007), Diversity and Distributions (2008), Ecography (2002, 2004, 2007,2009, 2011), Ecological Applications (2007, 2008, 2010), Ecology (1998, 2004, 2006, 2008,2009, 2011), Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (2002, 2004), Global Ecology and Biogeography (2007, 2010, 2011), Global and Planetary Change (2007), Journal of Animal Ecology (2007), Journal of Applied Ecology (2003), Journal of Biogeography (2008,2009, 2010, 2011), Journal of Molluscan Studies (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012), Journal of Vegetation Science (1996, 2001, 2002, 2006), Landscape Ecology  (1993, 2002), Oecologia (2008, 2011), Oikos (2007), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (2008, 2010, 2011)



i. Collaborators

G.M. Barker (Landcare Research); M. Barthel (Seed Savers Exchange); U. Bergthorsson (University of New Mexico); L.E. Burlakova (Stephen Austin State University); J. M. Bossenbroek (University of Toledo); R.A.D. Cameron (University of Sheffield) ; B.F. Coles (National Center for Toxicological Research); L.E. Johnson (Universitie Laval); A.Y. Karatayev (Stephen Austin State University); C.E. Kraft (Cornell University); D.W. Larson (University of Guelph); M. McMillan (University of Guelph); D.K. Padilla (State University of New York Stony Brook); J. Pigati (University of Arizona); B. M. Pokryszko (Wroclaw University); J. Rech (Miami University); J. Slapcinsky (Florida Natural History Museum); P.J. Sullivan (Cornell University); F.E. Wells (Western Australian Museum); Helene Wagner (Swiss Federal Research Institute); P.S. White (University of North Carolina)

ii. Graduate Students

M. Barthel; J.M. Bossenbroek; A. Opiola

iii. Graduate and post-doctoral advisors

Ph.D.: P.S. White; Post-doctoral: J.H. Brown

iv. Academic/Professional Honors

Marquis Who’s Who in America (2009); UNC-Chapel Hill Distinguished Graduate Alumni (2003); NSF Graduate Fellow (1987); Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellow (1987); Phi Kappa Phi James R. Slater Fellow (1987); Phi Beta Kappa (1987); Phi Kappa Phi (1986); Intern of the Year, Botany Department, Smithsonian Institution (1986)




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